A new report by US innovation research firm Stylus has found that by 2030 we all face a rather daunting prospect – “exceeding our best selves will be non-negotiable”.
Although that sounds like a hellish Anthony Robbins pep talk, the results come from Stylus’ new report titled ‘Flexible Futures: Workers & Workspaces of 2030’. You can download a copy of it here.
According to the study, “Influenced by the arrival of automation, increasing hostility living environments and a more flexible approach to living, consumers will have to augment their abilities. This will create a plethora of opportunities from brands to create new products, services and working spaces to adapt to, and empower the modern worker.”
Other findings of the Stylus study include:
- Codifying personalities – in a flexi-economy where part-time experts will be commonplace, there will be times when consumers’ favourite staff – and brands’ best communicators – won’t be on hand to help. Building bots that could ‘absorb’ the personalities of popular store assistants would ensure that brands have their best teams at least virtually available when physically absent.
- New work spaces – As consumers prioritise more fluid ways of living, we’re seeing sectors like hospitality exploring ways to expand the use of their spaces as a way to win back business dollars previously lost to branded co-working spaces.
- Stores become ‘brand spaces’ – By 2030, the concept of the store as we currently know it will have been usurped by a new breed of more agile, futureproof-focused brand spaces. R&D-primed open-HQ concepts will treat consumers as micro-consultants, while Vampire Retailing will cater to 24-hour living.